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This is a second-hand hardcover book

Condition: The dust jacket has creasing and light wear to the edges, 2 tears (longest is 1cm), light to medium surface rubbing, and several small surface indentations. There is light shelf wear to the top and bottom edges around the spine area. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 190 x 249 mm.
Pages: 205
Publisher: Ray Richards Publishers & Te Awamutu Borough Council
Publication date: 1984 first edition


Frontier Town: A history of Te Awamutu 1884-1984
By Laurie Barber

For most of its history the Waikato community of Te Awamutu has been a frontier town. Centuries before the coming of the Pakeha the Tainui Maori, who lived and roamed on the land now circumscribed by the present town, marked this locality with the name `Awamutu' - the end of the river. For the Maori, Te Awamutu was also the frontier - the limit of canoe navigation.

John Morgan, the missionary who arrived in 1834, also designated Te Awamutu as a frontier, this time as the frontier of his brand of Christian civilisation.

With the defeat of the Waikato `rebels', in 1863, Imperial troops marched into Te Awamutu and established a third frontier, with redoubts built and manned against possible counterattack from the hostile King Country to the south.

Railway construction, King Country prohibition of liquor, and the development of regional dairying, have all added to Te Awamutu's frontier roles. In the mid-1980s, at the close of its first one hundred years of local government, Te Awamutu is again a frontier town, on the edge of the city of Hamilton's gravitational pull.


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